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Jul 30 2014

These Pictures Paint a Thousand Words

In business it’s often said that the “numbers don’t lie.” Consider these numbers from Gallup’s most recent study of the global workplace: Currently, only 13% of employees across 142 countries worldwide are enthusiastic about their jobs and committed to their organization’s success. Those who are engaged are consequently twice as likely to view themselves as “thriving.” These numbers point to a shockingly-high number of unhappy, unfulfilled people in all corners of the world.

Obsession with numbers is what has caused a worldwide crisis of leadership. Leadership is about the stewardship of the lives we have the privilege to lead. As leaders, we should strive toward a meaningful statistic – the number of people whose lives we have the opportunity to touch in a meaningful, significant, positive way.

There is a growing hunger for a new kind of leadership. Click below to watch an artist illustrate how Truly Human Leadership can transform your workplace and ultimately the lives of those you lead. Then please share it with a colleague or friend. Time for Gallup’s numbers to see significant improvement.

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Truly Human Leadership is found throughout Barry-Wehmiller Companies, where Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO. A $1.7 billion global capital equipment and engineering consulting company, Barry-Wehmiller prefers to measure its success by the way they touch the lives of people.

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  1. David Bragg

    What a truly compelling video! The success of Barry Wehmiller is clearly seen through the eyes and heart of its Leader who has a spiritual sense about himself and believes in a Creator who has empowered him to be a leader with moral aptitude not found in human wisdom.

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  2. Phil Mercuri

    What a great video! Bob’s work really does have a spiritual quality about it. Back in June, after 4 years of working for the same company, I was released. The irony is that I probably should have walked away from this company a long time ago and had it not been for fear, I believe I would have. What I can tell you is that Bob is absolutely correct about the leadership and the way people should be treated. For the last two years of my tenure with this company, I was treated very badly. Never did the man I work for ever take an active interest in me as a professional or as a human being. In fact, one day he informed me that he would probably be sending me to one of our plants to do some work. When I asked him to share with me some of his concerns regarding this operation, his response was “If I have to tell you what your job is, then I don’t need you.” Another one of their famous addages is “your needed until you are no longer needed.” Last year, I was invited to attend the company’s end of year celebratory/awards dinner at a very nice restaurant. When it was time for my boss to say something nice about me, he spent the majority of his time insulting me in front of 30 people. He had an opportunity to really encourage me at a time when I really needed it. Anyhow, what he did was very hurtful to me. In retrospect, I am thankful for the opportunity, because I learned even more about people and leadership and when it was my time to leave this company, God, in his infinite mercy, simply allowed it to happen. I don’t know why I am sharing this right now, but if there are any other people out there who are experiencing anything that resembles what I experienced, please consider releasing yourself from this onerous burden. I don’t believe that any of us have come here to spend the majority of our lives being manipulated by any company that only seeks to expend us and then throw us away like a tube of toothpaste. We are children of the most high God. In fact, I believe we have been created in the image of God. What this means to me is that I am here to work with other people to create things that enhance and add value to people’s lives. My desire is to work for a company that understands just how amazing and valuable I really am. There is so much creative energy within each of us that by design needs to be released. In other words, each of us is here to fulfill a very special purpose. Having a job is just a way for us to this. When the leaders of any company understand this and work hard to facilitate the release of this creative energy, then profitability is the natural result.

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  3. Scott

    Bob, thanks for another great post. I have forwarded to associates in my new company. I want to challenge you to do something funny next ….. that can go viral on you tube… Kind Regards,

    Scott Steiger

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  4. Dan Aude

    I agree, Bob, the numbers say a lot about our lives at both work and at home. Economic and monetary issues are providers for necessities of life in the modern world, the fundamentals, food, shelter, transportation, and security. A happy life is centered on what one does with human relationships, at work, at home and in their community. These truisms have been around for a long time. Thanks for reminding us as to what it means to be human.

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  5. Riccardo

    Bob, you are doing so much for us, my family and me, and I, with my commitment to be a better person every day, try to enforce your message. After watching and listening to the video, now I want to let you know that I am very proud to work with you and all the team in BW. I was born in a small city in Tuscany, and during my youthness, I have America in my mind as a dream. But from Barga that dream could be a dream and nothing else. Suddenly, in 2007, America came to me, in the place where I live, with its best face. Now that dream is real, and I wish to thank you for all that you are doing for me and for my family.

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  6. John Coonis

    Wow!!! What a video.

    Several years ago I had the privilege of being part of the team that developed “Leadership Fundamentals”. Since then, I’ve followed Bob’s quest in creating “Truly Human Leadership”. This video does an incredible job of painting the picture of what Barry-Wehmiller, Bob Chapman, and Truly Human Leadership is all about.

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  7. Ganesan Gopal

    This is an excellent way to communicate the idea clearly and imprint on to the neocortex to stay there forever.
    Thank you for taking time and resources to do this. This video must be part of Induction programs in companies.

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